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Sabah civil servants to enjoy salary increment soon
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah civil servants will enjoy a salary increment soon, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman today.
He said the state government agreed to the increment involving 17,151 state civil servants based on the new Malaysian Remuneration Scheme (SSM) effective Jan 1.
"The implication to the state’s finance is RM61,393,936 a year. We expect the pay-out to be done within this month," he told reporters after chairing the state cabinet meeting here.
Musa, who is also State Finance Minister, said permanent, temporary and contract staff were qualified to receive the salary increment.
He also said the state government agreed to extend the retirement age from 58 to 60 years old effective Jan 1.
Regarding the minimum wage of RM800 for the private sector in Sabah and Sarawak as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Monday, Musa said the amount was based on the employers’ ability to pay their workers.
In another development, the Chief Minister has asked Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) to conduct a full investigation on Monday’s power failure after the company briefed him on the matter during the cabinet meeting.
“We understand that the blackout was due to the damage to one of the 66kV Capacitive Voltage Transformers (CVT) at two of its intake substations in Penampang and in Inanam.
“Restoration of the electricity supply took some time as it involved quite a big area,” he added.
During the 3.23am incident, over 400,000 consumers suffered more than seven hours of power outage, which tripped many power generating plants in the state, including Labuan.
SESB was forced to impose emergency rationing to stabilise Sabah's grid System and power was restored in stages from 6.40am. BERNAMA